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Mesopotamia Magazine
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Directions: Choose items from this menu to complete your Mesopotamia Magazine. Each item has an
assigned number of points. Your project must contain 16 points or more. Circle your choices and include
this paper at the end of your magazine. Be sure to include your cover. See rubric on the back for
grading information. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the magazine must be typed.
Geography of Mesopotamia [4]

Write A Press Release! [4]

Venn Diagram [4]

Write a paragraph answering the


following question: How did the
land between the Tigris and
Euphrates rivers support
agriculture? Include a topic
sentence, details, and a
conclusion. (6-8 sentences)
Include a map of Mesopotamia
with the two rivers labeled.
Vocabulary [3]

Write a press release in present


tense announcing the invention of
the wheel. Include key features
of the wheel, when it was
invented, and how it benefited
Mesopotamian culture. Be sure
to include a catchy headline!

Draw and label a Venn Diagram to


compare and contrast
Hammurabis laws to American
ones. Include at least 6
differences and 3 similarities.

List and define each word:


Mesopotamia, surplus,
civilization, city-state, ziggurat,
polytheism, bronze, stylus,
cuneiform, scribe, Hammurabi,
code of law, and empire.
Write a paragraph using at least
5 of these words.

Write a poem or song about the


city-states of Mesopotamia. It
must include at least 10 rhyming
lines discussing the following:
Where they were located
3 city state names
How they looked
2 leaders names

Label and describe the following


parts of a ziggurat: The shrine
(cella), platforms, and triple
stairways.
Explain what the purpose of a
ziggurat.
Be sure to include an image of a
ziggurat.

Cuneiform [3]

Mesopotamian Inventions [4]

Hammurabis Law Code [4]

Define cuneiform, stylus,


and scribe.
Include an image of a
cuneiform tablet.
Create a chart that shows
and defines 5 cuneiform
pictographs.
Write your name in
cuneiform.

Include an image of the wheel.


City States Poem/Song [5]

Create a chart that describes at


least three Mesopotamian
inventions such as the plow,
board games, and pottery. Be
sure to include how they were
used in the past and are used in
the present. Include a picture of
each invention.

Ziggurat [2]

In 3-5 sentences, explain what


Hammurabis Code is.
Include 6-10 sample laws from
his code.
Then, use those same laws to
create your own punishments.

Magazine Rubric
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Requirement Points Earned


Cover

Points
Possible
10

Picture
Heading
Text box
Border

Neatness & Design

15

Neatness
Effort
Format
Layout
Mostly typed

Language
Conventions

15

Spelling
Grammar
Fluency
Capitalization
Punctuation

Information

50

Factual information
Details
Uses his/her own words
Explanations

Point system

10

16 points or more

Total & Score

100